Board decides on VP as perfect fit for AVC

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By Carlos Ferrand

Ruth Dalrymple, vice president of academic success at St. Philip’s College, was named associate vice chancellor for academic partnerships and initiatives Sept. 17 in a unanimous vote by the Alamo Colleges board of trustees.

Dalrymple applied in May for the position left vacant after Jo-Carol Fabianke became interim vice chancellor for academic success in December following Dr. Roberto Aguerro’s retirement in December 2011.

“I was very surprised and very elated,” Dalrymple said Wednesday. She was a full-time math professor at St. Philip’s before she became in 2007.

She was named interim vice president of academic success at St. Philip’s College in January 2009 before the post was made permanent in September 2009.

Dalrymple has served at St. Philip’s for 10 years.

The associate vice chancellor position was advertised in May nationwide, including the Chronicle of Higher Education.

A screening committee reviewed 59 applicants and forwarded four to be interviewed.

Fabianke and Dr. Bruce Leslie interviewed four finalists the week of Aug. 19.

“The interview with the screening committee was just a brief interview, but the followup with the vice chancellor and the chancellor was a whole afternoon,” Dalrymple said.

The step from college to district administrator was not exactly day and night for Dalrymple.

“I thought it would be a natural fit because all the academic vice presidents work with the vice chancellor of academic success,” she said.

“We work through the various initiatives that are coming up, so we support the vice chancellor with those initiatives districtwide.”

The close working relationship played a large role in Dalrymple’s decision to apply.

“The first goal is to always keep the student in mind,” she said. “I would like to see more students going through the development sequence and being successful. I would like to see our success rates increase.

“I just started this week, so right now, I’m just trying to get the lay of the land.”

Maureen Cartledge, dean of applied science and technology, is interim vice president of academic success at St. Philip’s.


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